My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation, Inc., Simi Valley, CA, USA
I am a psychotherapist who specializes in working with those confronting life-threatening illnesses or coping with acute grief after the loss of a loved one. I was recruited by Executive Director Michele Neff Hernandez to speak at the Foundation's first national widows' conference the summer of 2009. I have remained in contact with Michele and her organization ever since and look forward to speaking again at this year's conference. As a psychotherapist, I can not speak stongly enough about the need for and healing power of peer support during a loss or life crisis. SSLF brings widows together to share their stories and offer support and proof of survival to each other, when they are most in need. This is a gift like no other. And the best part is when one widow or widower supports another, he or she also empowers themselves. So it is a gift that keeps on giving. This organization would not exist without the vision, enthusiasm and incredible generosity of it's founder and executive director Michele Neff Hernandez. She has transformed her own tragic experience as a young widow into an opportunity to educate, support and heal so many others. It has been a true privilege to get to know her and to be a small part of this organization. Michele A. Reiss PhD
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